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Find the Perfect Xbox 360 for You

Ask a Geek Girl: Lets Go Xbox 360 Shopping!

I received a very good question the other day from TeamSugar user melanie RN about which Xbox 360 she should pick up:

I'm on the market for an Xbox 360 and I'm so confused. Do I want the Arcade version or the Elite version?

Since there are only a few features that separate the Arcade and the Elite versions, you just have to decide what's important, and how much you want to spend. Check out my explanation when you


The only real differences between the Xbox 360 Arcade and Elite editions are included accessories, cables, and storage space. The Arcade version comes with 256MB of storage space, which is fine if you won't be storing a lot of media, five arcade games, and family security settings, but you are limited to only playing Xbox 360 and downloaded games. However, since it's so inexpensive — coming in at $200 — it's definitely your most affordable option.

The Xbox 360 Elite has a few more bells and whistles, coming stocked with a 120GB hard drive, HDMI cables, a headset, and capability to play not only XBox 360 games, but over 300 Xbox games and plays DVDs. Although both the Arcade and Elite versions come with an Xbox Live Silver Membership, only the Elite comes with a shiny black exterior. For $400, the Elite is an investment, but you're going to be able to store tons of video, photos, and of course downloaded games on your console.

Although, you could go with your standard Xbox 360, which comes with a 60GB hard drive, plays Xbox, and Xbox 360 games, and will put less of a hole in your pocket at $260.

I hope this explanation helps in your decision! Happy gaming!

GBmaster GBmaster 8 years
i realy wana know whuot u all think.thet may help me in decide if i realy wana buy xbox 360 arcade.
GBmaster GBmaster 8 years
they have any technical diferences?
GBmaster GBmaster 8 years
ppl i m lithuanian and i m about to buy xbox 360 arcade.whuots the diference betwen xbox 360 arcade elite and standart ? :)
julibul julibul 9 years
Can you do a comparison thing like this for the PS3?
z0rkzer0 z0rkzer0 9 years
I have the original 20G version, and it's much too small. The 60 "might" be adequate, but I always recommend to friends to get the elite version. The standalone hard drive is an incredible rip off if you have to get it later. You'll be surprised how quickly that drive can fill up if you start downloading Arcade games and/or game demos & videos. I've not even downloaded any TV shows or movies, as I don't have enough space. At the minimum, you want the standard one... The Arcade SKU should not exist IMHO.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
yes and yes Aistea.
Mykie7 Mykie7 9 years
I have been told by 3 different people, one of whom actually WORKS for microsoft, that the Elite helps eliminate the "red ring of death". I guess there's some different technology with that one that keeps it from happening. I'm getting an Elite for my son for Christmas because he's already had his arcade one in the shop NINE TIMES since he got it a year ago.
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Or Rainbow Six?
aistea311 aistea311 9 years
Can you play Halo on the arcade version?
Baby-Girl Baby-Girl 9 years
I waited and got the 60gb a few weeks ago. The size of the hard drive is just right.
misogi misogi 9 years
Standard 360 is the way to go, unless you're a hardcore gamer...and if you really want a black Xbox 360, just get it painted.
aml2285 aml2285 9 years
Can you pick up the gold membership with all of them? I know netflix will be able to play movies to the tv through the 360 soon and I want to be able to do that.....
kcwebgirl kcwebgirl 9 years
i'm planning to grab a standard this holiday season
chicobo chicobo 9 years
I agree with ehadams! Definitely the Standard.
ehadams ehadams 9 years
I suggest the Standard one for most people. Arcade is way too small on memory (you won't be able to save games on it), but the Elite has more hard drive space than you need. Sure I'd love my 360 to be black but not for $140 more.
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